Announcements for the week of Oct. 25, 2019

FOUR ACTS OF PRAYER STUDY Tuesday evenings at 7:00 we will continue a study on prayer, entitled: The Four Acts of Prayer, a study by Walter Wangren, Jr. It is a wonderful study on prayer, and will help us in our prayer life. The study will surround us with the wonderful gift of prayer. Plan to come and grow in the gift of prayer. Invite friends.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will be held following worship on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Just a reminder that voting members of the congregation are confirmed members who have communed and made a financial contribution of record during the current or preceding calendar year. Members of this congregation who have satisfied these basic standards shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation.

THIS YEAR’S REFORMATION SERVICE will be held on this evening, Oct 27th at 7:00 pm. at Zion Lutheran Church in Philo Pastor Matt Bahnfleth will be the preacher.

LADIES FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH will meet on Friday, Nov. 1st at 11:00 am at Hot wok.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ends next Sunday, so set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday evening.

NEXT SUNDAY IS ALL SAINTS SUNDAY. We will be remembering those of our congregation who have passed away and joined the Church Triumphant in the last year. Also, we will have the opportunity to remember others who have passed away. Come, remember, and take comfort in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

FALL 2019 B.O.B. The B.O.B. After School program starts at 3:15pm– 4:45pm (1:15pm– 4:45pm early dismissal days). We provide snack, Bible study, games and other activities plus outings at our program.
If you are interested in working with the B.O.B. (Better Off Believing) program this year contact Cheryl Heinold. We have a great time interacting with the kids each week.

B.O.B. will be planting seeds again this winter so if you have any 2 inches flower containers you would be able to donate please talk to Cheryl Heinold.

ATTENDANCE for Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 was 57.

In a July 8, 1530 letter to Lazarus Spengler, Luther interprets his seal:
Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. “For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.

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